Sept. 20, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla –
Through the first three days of the fall season, the Florida State University men’s team play has been similar to the flight of a yo-yo; up one match, down the next. On Saturday (Sept. 20), FSU found itself on the upswing as it took all ten matches during the third day of the Seminole Fall Classic.
“We did some nice things this weekend, but we still have a lot of work to do,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We still have a ways to go in doubles. It’s early in the year and some of our guys haven’t played a lot during the last month so we’re getting our conditioning back. These matches in the heat will help us get ready for the rest of the fall.”
After dropping seven of nine bouts on Friday to Middle Tennessee State, the Seminoles were in control the entire day against Nebraska. Florida State only dropped one set the entire contest during singles play. Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Naples) won his third singles match of the tournament with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Joerg Barthel.
Sophomore Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga. / Riverwood) came through with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph versus Joel Reckewey. Classmate Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa / Crawford College) took his match to a second-set tiebreaker before winning 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) against Jeff Nabity.
Even though he dropped Florida State’s lone set of the day, Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paolo, Brazil / Colegio Megga) pulled off a 5-7, 6-0, 6-1 victory over Jose Rivera. Staying undefeated in singles was Joao Paolo Bounassar (Maringa Parana, Brazil / Colegio Marista) as he took down Justin Junck 6-2, 6-1. Jarrod Owen (Vero Beach Fla.) posted a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Ryan Jay. In a one-set match, Joe Bassett (Monticello, Fla. / Aucilla Christen Academy) defeated Tanner Gates 6-3.
Taking their third doubles bout of the weekend, Groslimond and Westerhof cruised to an 8-1 victory over the Barthel-Rivera pairing. After falling behind 3-1, the duo of Webb and Owen prevailed 8-4 over Junck and Reckewey while the Brazilian tandem of Sucupira and Bounassar won an 8-6 decision versus Jay and Nabity.
“I was real pleased with Chip’s performance. He gave us a big lift with his three singles victories,” Hultquist added. “Jeff and Chris seemed to pick up where they left off last year in doubles with three wins and it was good to see JP (Bounassar) start his career with two wins.”
The Seminole will take two weeks off before getting back into action at the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships. Prequalifying rounds begin October 3 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Seminole Fall Classic Box Score
Jeff Groslimond / Chris Westerhof (FSU) d. Joerg Barthel / Jose Rivera (NEB) 8-1
Jarrod Owen / Chip Webb (FSU) d. Justin Junck / Joel Reckewey (NEB) 8-4
Jonathas Sucupira / Joao Paolo Bounassar (FSU) d. Ryan Jay / Jeff Nabity (NEB) 8-6
Chip Webb (FSU) v. Joerg Barthel (NEB) 7-5, 6-2
Jeff Groslimond (FSU) v. Joel Reckewey (NEB) 6-0, 6-2
Chris Westerhof (FSU) v. Jeff Nabity (NEB) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) v. Jose Rivera (NEB) 5-7, 6-0, 6-1
Joao Paolo Bounassar (FSU) v. Justin Junck (NEB) 6-2, 6-1
Jarrod Owen (FSU) v. Ryan Jay (NEB) 6-2, 6-2
Joe Bassett (FSU) d. Tanner Gates (NEB) 6-3